Welcome to our BIG list of arts and cultural events happening in the NSW Central West gathered from artists, event producers, great local venues and groups across the region.

This is a busy artistic region. There’s usually more than 2000 arts and heritage events happeing in the region each year. Of course, 2020 looks a little different but the events are slowly returning where possible.

NEW: HAPPENING ONLINE. We’ve added a new category for workshops, exhibitions, virutal tours and activities that are now happening ONLINE. Click here for the listings

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Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Art Gallery – open again

Tue 1 January 2019, - Thu 31 December 2020,

HARTLEY. OPEN TUES-SUN. The Kew–Y–Ahn Aboriginal Gallery project is a partnership between Arts OutWest, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage. Work by local Aboriginal painters, weavers, designers, jewellers and photographers from across the NSW Central West are on show and for sale in rotating exhibitions in the new gallery space.

Orange Regional Gallery Extension Project 2020: Gallery closes

Wed April 1 - Mon November 30

ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE. Construction will take place over the 2020 calendar year with the Gallery closed from April to November.

Locals Only Group Exhibition

Thu April 2 - Thu July 2

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY ORANGE. Initially curated to celebrate our region's talent during Orange F.O.O.D. Week, we've gathered some Corner Store Gallery alumni to showcase this April. We'll be posting lots of videos over on our Instagram stories so you can have a bit of a virtual tour if you're confined to the house. ONLINE AND WINDOW EXHIBITION.

Silver Linings

Sun May 10 - Sat July 18

THE PEISLEY STREET GALLERY, ORANGE. With a vision for a beautiful and diverse show, strong but soft feminine energy, I invited local and regional female artists, whose work I admire who are: authentic, original, and skilful in their chosen medium, predominantly mid-career and established.


Tue June 9 - Sun August 9

BATHURST REGIONAL ART GALLERY. AR+COLLECT is an ambitious collection project designed to give audiences unprecedented ‘behind the scenes’ access to the BRAG collection.

As Far As The Eye Can See

Tue June 16 - Tue July 21

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, COWRA. Through the work of 22 Australian artists, this exhibition celebrates the contemporary topography of both landscape and printmaking.

Capturing Nature: Early photography at the Australian Museum 1857 – 1893

Wed June 17 - Thu October 22

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM. Australia’s earliest scientific photographs are revealed in a new exhibition, Capturing Nature.


Mon June 29 - Sun August 16

Regenerate is an exhibition by local school children exploring the responses of Australia’s bushland to fire. Taking inspiration from Mount Canobolas and the 2018 bushfires, this exhibition explores how native eucalypt species on the mountain regenerate after fire.

On Stillness

Mon June 29 - Mon August 31

ONLINE. ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY. On Stillness is an evolving online exhibition presented across the social media accounts of public art galleries. It highlights artwork from the collections of each institution that embody the idea of stillness.

Revolving stockroom (ONLINE)

Mon June 29 - Fri July 31

THE CORNER STORE GALLERY, ORANGE. Our current revolving stockroom is proving to be very popular and we continue to receive new work from all over Australia every week.


Fri July 3 - Mon July 27

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Exploring the impact of the fires that ravaged the Greater Blue Mountains during our recent Black Summer, and the COVID pandemic that devastated our economy. The exhibition will feature sculptures and art works from local artists and an innovative Timescape Voices exhibition.

Ada Clark Studio

Sat July 4 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Sat 4 July 2020,

MILLTHORPE. OPEN SATURDAYS 9am-5pm. Now in her 80's Ada has been working successfully as an artist for nearly 60 years.She has traveled the globe inspired and inspiring with her art. She has exhibited in Australia, America and Greece. Her home is in the village of Millthorpe, NSW, Australia.

Carcoar Pottery

Sat July 4 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Sun 3 January 2021,

CARCOAR. OPEN EVERY WEEKEND: SAT & SUN 11am to 4pm. Louise Purcell - Potter. Domestic, Ornamental and Special Order Pottery.

The Rockley Mill & Stables Museum

Sun July 5 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:30 am on day 5 of the month, repeating until Sun 20 December 2020,

ROCKLEY. Open Sundays. Housed in an enormous heritage building, work your way up the three storeys to see old mill machinery, period clothing, and even police records.

Dean Mobbs Gallery & Studio

Mon July 6
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An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until Fri 1 January 2021,

BATHURST. Open Monday - Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. Dean’s artworks consist of a variety of colour, shape and distortion utilising multiple media varied frameworks and interpretation whilst also working to transcend a variety of life’s emotions.

Sculptures by the Bush

Mon July 6 - Sun July 19

BLAYNEY SHIRE. Blayney has previously been known for the annual Hay Bale Art Challenge, and this year not only will you see Hay Bale Art throughout the region you can expect to see a whole lot more.

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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West. These events are sourced or supplied from local venues and arts organisations. Many events listed here have been originally shared by the organisers on social media.  Whilst all care is taken – and accuracy is our priority – we can take no responsibility for date changes or the content of contributed information. Contact the event organisers listed for more details or to book tickets.

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